Leicestershire man sentenced to 22 months in prison following horrific crash on the M5 last year
4:38pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
A MAN from Leicestershire has been given a prison sentence following a Gloucestershire Police investigation into a collision on the M5 last year.
Asad Abdul Kadir Sarang, 28, of Matlock Street in Leicester was driving a Vauxhall Corsa when he lost control of the vehicle shortly after midnight on May 23.
The car left the carriageway just after junction 9 of the M5 southbound and collided with trees and bushes on the embankment.
Four people, two men and two women all from Leicestershire, were in the car at the time of the collision.
Sarang and the front seat passenger, a woman in her early twenties, were not wearing seatbelts and suffered serious injuries when they were thrown from the vehicle, through the windscreen.
The woman was taken to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol in a critical condition.
She suffered life changing injuries as a result of the incident.
An investigation into the collision by a roads policing officer from Gloucestershire Constabulary revealed that the car had been hired by an associate of Sarang and that Sarang had taken the vehicle without the individual, or the hire company’s, consent.
Following his recovering from injuries caused in the collision Sarang was arrested and charged with aggravated taking of a vehicle without consent, driving without a licence and drink driving.
On Wednesday, September 25 Sarang appeared at Bristol Crown Court where he entered a guilty plea to the charges put before him.
He was sentenced to 22 months imprisonment and disqualified from driving for five years.
Inspector for Roads Policing in the county, Jason Keates, said: “PC Rachel Chandler from our roads policing unit was dedicated to supporting the passengers in the car and worked tirelessly to ascertain the facts of what happened on that night to ensure that the driver responsible was brought to justice.
“The police sometimes come under criticism from the public for targeting driving offences but incidents such as this are a stark reminder as to why these laws exist.
“Sadly this incident goes to show the traumatic and life changing damage that can be caused if you get behind the wheel whilst under the influence of alcohol and if you travel without wearing your seatbelt.
“Not only will this driver have to serve a prison term he will also have to live with knowing the life changing injuries that were caused to his passenger.”